This is my most recent attempt. It's still not perfect but I'm getting better and still learning. I'm sharing the dos and don'ts that I've discovered thus far so you can learn from my mistakes!
- Start with a simple design. Consider coins as your first silhouette - they are heavy and flat so they won't curl or cast shadows.
- Mix in a little bit of water with the dye to make it easier to spread.
- Use a sponge brush for application.
- Paint your fabric in a room without direct sunlight to avoid prematurely exposing the color.
- When exposing the dye, try placing the piece in indirect or filtered sunlight (cloudy days work well). I found that direct sunlight cast shadows and left blurry edges.
- When the exposure is complete, wash the fabric like crazy in a room without direct sunlight. If you have any dye left over on the fabric, it will continue to color when exposed to sunlight again.
- Don't use items with dimensionality for your silhouette. I tried scissors but since they aren't flat, they cast shadows where I didn't want them and let sunlight in to areas I didn't want exposed.
- Don't use colored paper for your silhouette - the dye from the paper will transfer to your fabric. Use white card stock instead.
- Don't get impatient and sneak a peek while you're still exposing! If light hits the fabric for just a second it will color.
- Don't hang your piece in a sunny place to dry. You'll risk further exposure.
- Don't give up! I've probably tried 20 different projects and have only been reasonably happy with the result of 2 of them :).
Have you tried Inkodye before? I'd love to hear any tips, tricks or project ideas you've thought of!